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There should be more high 5’s

As someone (they know who they are, I told them I was stealing this) noted the other day to me – “there should be more high 5’s at work”.

She had just spent some time trying something new and was showing it to me wondering whether it was on the right track or a complete waste of time.  I told her I thought it was on the right track and represented some good thinking which we could build further on. “Yay” she says, “high five” – and I didn’t leave her hanging (For those who don’t know that’s the technical term for accepting the high 5 and slapping someone’s hand when they offer a high 5).  Yes we could do the clapping thing, but it gets used the wrong way far too often.

It’s great when you see people emotionally involved in their work.  It’s even better when being emotionally involved helps them do great work.  And it’s even better still when other’s can give clear, unambiguous feedback which shows how much they value that emotional effort that was put in.  Think about what this does to the people involved, the people around them, the work that everyone does, the effort people will put into their work, the desire to help others with their work, etc.

If you want an example, check out Legally Blonde 2 where “snaps for…” (accompanied with clicking fingers) is used as a wonderful way to recognise great work, but also for others to join in the recognition of that work. Not that I will advocate a snaps cup.

Think how much more fun the whole workplace would be – and what we could achieve.


PS. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

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  1. 25 November, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I totally agree, Keith. I am one of those sad, or maybe cool, teachers who high 5s & knuckles (no, not the punch in the head variety!) kids. It’s a lot of fun to do & the kids get a huge boost from it. Great post, KS! 😉

    • 25 November, 2010 at 10:49 pm

      You would be the cool teacher for sure Dani…Definitely not the sad one.

  1. 25 November, 2010 at 6:47 pm

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